Chris J. Hartley has worked in marketing and communications for several large companies. On the side, he chases the history that has fascinated him since childhood.
Hartley's first book, Stuart's Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry, was described in the 2006 survey In Taller Cotton: 200 More Important Confederate Books for the Reader, Researcher, and Collector as a "thoroughly researched, definitive" and "intelligently written" biography of a Civil War general. Hartley was also honored with the Jefferson Davis award by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for his work on Stuart's Tarheels.
Hartley is also a frequent speaker on the Civil War, and he has written several articles on the Civil War and other topics. He lives in Pfafftown, North Carolina.